Pet Health


Survey shows benefits of pet ownership during pandemic

Studies have shown that pets can provide stress relief to humans and according to a recent survey, that proves to be true amid the coronavirus pandemic. With many people in Georgia and around the country working remotely from home, they’ve been spending more time with their pets.  “The human-animal bond now, more than ever, plays […]

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How To Help Your Dog’s Goopy And Itchy Eyes And Ears

Dr. Chris Roth, DVM May 20, 2020 As a vigilant dog owner, it’s important to monitor unusual symptoms in your pet to keep them healthy. Ignoring issues can not only lead to an irritable pup, but to bigger, more costly problems. Dog eye discharge and itchy dog ears are two common afflictions that our four-legged […]

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17 Beautiful Benefits of Owning a Dog

We might be biased, but we whole-heartedly believe there’s nothing better than owning a four-legged companion. The vast majority of dog owners believe their canines have improved their lives. In fact, 93% of pup parents say their dogs have made them better people. Whether you already have a dog or you’re considering adding one to […]

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Understanding, Preventing, and Treating Dog Anxiety

By Randa Kriss May 14, 2019 Just like humans, dogs experience anxiety. While unpleasant, it is a normal and also healthy emotion. Dog anxiety can affect all breeds, but may affect each individual dog differently. Although it is something that all dogs experience from time-to-time, if disproportionate levels of anxiety are left unchecked, a dog […]

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Experts Advise Pet Owners to Start Planning Now to Prevent Separation Anxiety Post-Quarantine

“Try starting now to get your pet ready and ease them back to your previously ‘normal’ routine,” By Kelli Bender April 28, 2020 03:02 PM Most dogs, and probably plenty of cats, are loving the extra time they are getting with their humans during the various stay at home orders put in place during the […]

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16 dog breeds that don’t shed

If you have allergies or just hate hair all over, there’s a dog for you. by Mary Jo DiLonardo There’s a solution if you want a dog, but don’t want to deal with dog hair in your home. Whether it’s because of allergies or for the sake of your vacuum cleaner, there are plenty of reasons […]

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Problem Behavior In Cats: Correcting Common Bad Behaviors

Aaron Lockwood February 19, 2020 Learn how to fix these common cat behavior problems. Its been written by author Ilona Andrews that, “Cats randomly refuse to follow orders to prove they can.” While it might be true that training a cat is more difficult than training a dog, it takes the same principles: patience, consistency, […]

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How to Introduce Dogs the Right Way

by Dr. Alison Gerken, DVM, and Victoria Schade, dog trainer Introducing a new dog to your family dog is sure to spur a mix of nervousness and excitement. In order to make the transition smooth, you should plan each step of the process—from the dogs’ first meeting to the steps you’ll take to keep the […]

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7 WAYS TO EXERCISE YOUR DOG’S BRAIN

KEEP YOUR DOG’S MIND ACTIVE WITH FUN AND CHALLENGING BRAIN WORKOUTS! We all know how important it is to give your dog daily physical workouts, but it’s equally important to give your dog mental exercise too. It doesn’t matter if your dog is a purebred or a mix, you need to keep his mind occupied; […]

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CORONAVIRUS AND PETS: FAQS FOR OWNERS

NO EVIDENCE DOGS GET COVID-19 These FAQs were last updated on March 12, 2020. Can dogs get the new coronavirus (COVID-19)? At this time, experts believe it is very unlikely. The World Health Organization currently advises that there is no evidence to suggest that dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus. The […]

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Can My Dog Catch Coronavirus?

By Melissa Pandika Feb. 13, 2020 Amid the new coronavirus outbreak, people are rushing to protect not only themselves from infection, but their dogs, too. Canine face mask sales have increased, USA Today reports, while Twitter user @camohanbn, who appears to live in India, posted photos of three (adorable) puppers in face masks, noting that […]

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PROBLEM BEHAVIOR IN CATS: CORRECTING COMMON BAD BEHAVIORS

Its been written by author Ilona Andrews that, “Cats randomly refuse to follow orders to prove they can.” While it might be true that training a cat is more difficult than training a dog, it takes the same principles: patience, consistency, and praise. We’ll begin this article by providing tips for taming a nippy, swatting […]

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Fruits and vegetables Dogs Can or Can’t Eat

It’s not uncommon to want to spoil your dog by sharing table scraps or your favorite snack. After all, if it is safe for you to eat, it must be OK for them to eat, right? Not necessarily. While many human foods are perfectly safe for dogs, some are very unhealthy and downright dangerous, so […]

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5 Scary Consequences of Neglecting Your Dog’s Teeth

Reviewed and updated for accuracy on December 3, 2019 by Dr. Hanie Elfenbein, DVM, PhD You may already know that not taking care of your dog’s teeth can lead to periodontal disease, a condition that results in bleeding gums, bad breath, and ultimately tooth loss. But did you know that poor oral hygiene is also […]

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Top Reasons to Adopt a Pet

Thinking of adding a pet to your family? Here are ten reasons to adopt your new best friend. 1. Because you’ll save a life. Each year, it’s estimated that more than one million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people […]

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Why Dogs Eat Poop and How to Stop It

Of all the repulsive habits our canine companions have — drinking from the toilet, rolling in swamp muck, licking their butts — nothing tops the disgusting practice of eating poop. Their motivation may not be to gross us humans out, but it certainly does. So much so, in fact, that poop eating is often a […]

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9 Tips for Introducing a Dog when you already have Pets

If you want to make the introduction of a new dog to your existing pets go as smoothly as possible, certain precautionary measures must be followed. There are also a few proven tips and tricks that will make the transition easier. With appropriate planning and guidance, your new dog will quickly get accepted by the […]

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Weird Cat Behaviors Explained

Posted on December 19, 2019 under Cat Articles Cats are one of the most fascinating creatures on earth. They manage to simultaneously be one of the most efficient predators in the world, while also being our domesticated buddies that have evolved to enjoy human companionship. Cats haven’t changed much since befriending humans, however, there are […]

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13 Holiday Foods That are Bad for Dogs

It’s only natural to want to include our furry family members in our holiday dinners and give them a taste of our favorite dishes. But there are many ingredients commonly used in holiday dinners that won’t do dogs any favors. Since holiday recipes can vary widely, it’s best not to feed dogs any prepared dishes, […]

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Can Glucosamine Help Treat Arthritis And Joint Pain in Dogs?

Many dogs suffer from arthritis as they age. This painful condition, which occurs in dogs and people, results when cartilage, the cushioning between the bones, begins to thin and wear away. As a result, the ends of the bones start to rub against each other. Trauma, disease, or normal wear and tear that comes with […]

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Cold Weather Safety tips

Exposure to winter’s dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren’t the only discomforts pets can suffer. Winter walks can become downright dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws. To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your […]

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Cold Weather Safety tips

Exposure to winter’s dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren’t the only discomforts pets can suffer. Winter walks can become downright dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws. To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your […]

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Christmas Tree Safety Tips for Pet Parents

Winter holidays are especially exciting, with all the sparkly lights, delicate ornaments and brightly colored garlands—and don’t get us started on the candies and treats! All of these things are great fun for us, but they’re also intriguing to our pets. Putting up a Christmas tree is one of the best parts, and pets agree. […]

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6 THANKSGIVING FOODS THAT ARE BAD FOR CATS AND DOGS

WHAT FOODS ARE TOXIC TO DOGS AND CATS? Thanksgiving is almost here and that means an abundance of delicious food. However, many popular human dishes aren’t healthy for pets to consume. It’s important to remember which foods are bad for dogs and cats. Especially, during holiday meals when dogs and cats beg for table scraps […]

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Tips for Caring for Senior Dogs

Dealing with Older Dog Health Problems By Lorie Huston, DVM Senior dogs have different care requirements than those of a younger dog. This fact probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone. But how do you know when your dog is considered to be a senior? It really depends on the individual dog. In general, […]

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How to Treat Arthritis and Joint Pain in Dogs

Arthritis will afflict most dogs as they age, especially now that dogs are living longer than ever. However, the subtle signs of joint pain can be tricky for dog owners to detect, and it doesn’t help that and dogs tend to hide their soreness and discomfort too. In many cases, the arthritic changes in joints […]

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Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Some pets love the hustle and bustle of Halloween, while others will find this spooky holiday a bit stressful. We recognize that animals are individuals, so while you while enjoy the festivities, consider it from your pet’s perspective: “A dog’s natural instinct is to protect their home or to alert you that a stranger has […]

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Acorns and Dogs Don’t Mix

With acorns and oak leaves covering the ground this time of year, many people do not think much of letting their dogs pick up a leaf or acorn, but the fact is that acorns and oak leaves are both toxic to dogs. Are Acorns And Oak Leaves Safe For Dogs? The toxic principle is unknown, […]

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Top Dangers For Pets In Autumn

Personally, I love autumn. The days are usually crisp and clear with plenty of sunshine, while the nights are cooler. The gorgeous colours of leaves as they change colour create some magnificent scenery, but amongst all this beauty there are some things that may pose a risk to your pet. Here we discuss the top […]

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Dog Sleeping in Bed – Is It Okay?

Studies have shown that about 45% of all dog owners sleep together with their pets. However, the question of whether it is fine to sleep with our canine companions is a continuous debate. Many wealthy, powerful and famous personalities and historical figures have even extended privileges to furry friends. Perhaps we should start from why […]

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5 Ways to Give Your Dog More Exercise (other than walking)

It is so important to make sure your dog gets as much as exercise as possible to keep them healthy and happy. Most people already take their dog for regular walks but there are other types of dog exercise other than walking. So why not mix things up a bit? By trying out these different […]

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SENIOR PETS: TROUBLE RISING, STIFFNESS, LIMPING, AND ARTHRITIS

While cats and dogs often remain puppies at heart, age can take a toll on your senior cat or dog. In addition to losing a bit of the spring in its step, senior pets, just like humans, are at higher risk for disease and will most likely experience a normal decline in senses including their […]

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Five Reasons Why Two Dogs Are Better Than One

Surprisingly, Two Dogs Aren’t Twice the Work! From the time I was five until forty years old, I had one dog at a time. Things changed when my beloved Golden Retriever, B.J., was dying of kidney failure. I had just met, Glenn, the man with whom I was destined to spend the rest of my […]

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Heat Exhaustion in Dogs: Signs Your Dog Is Overheating

Published by Jean Marie Bauhaus Overheating in dogs is not something to take lightly. As the weather heats up, it’s important to remain aware of how the heat affects your pup. Heat exhaustion in dogs can lead to serious and potentially fatal conditions such as heat stroke and cardiac arrest. To help keep your dog […]

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Do You Know What That Growling Dog is Saying?

by Mary Jo DiLonardo A dog may growl when he’s playing tug-of-war, but it doesn’t mean the same thing as when he’s guarding a food bowl. My dog is a talker. When he’s with another dog, he constantly barks and growls as he races around the yard, so incredibly excited to run and play. For […]

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THE DANGERS OF DOGS RIDING WITH THEIR HEADS OUT OF THE WINDOW

Daredevil Evel Knievel famously said, “I love the feeling of the fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair.” Dogs agree. While few dogs will attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon on a rocket propelled motorcycle like Knievel did in 1974, most dogs would jump at a car ride with […]

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Fireworks and Pet Don’t Mix!

By Patricia Khuly, DVM This time of the year — the summertime — sends shivers down canine spines. Not only do they have to suffer the wrath of Thor in the form of lightning bolts and booming thunder, they also have to endure the sometimes juvenile, dubiously patriotic displays of fireworks put on haphazardly by […]

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How to Transport Dogs by Air

They say dogs are man’s best friend. For some of us, that quote is very literal and very true. Therefore, when the time comes for us to leave town for a while on vacation, a business trip, relocation or for some other reason, leaving our ‘best friend’ behind can be harder than expected. We recommend […]

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Summer Pet Tips: Hot Asphalt and Your Dog

As we humans escape into our homes that are air conditioned or cooled with fans we wonder why our dogs might be acting sluggish or begging to get back inside. Have you ever noticed dogs who refuse to walk at an event and just plops himself down? Paws scorching on the Asphalt could be the […]

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How to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer

By Mary Jo DiLonardo Summer can mean lots of fun outside with your dog. But when the temps soar, take steps to protect your pet. Whether you take him for a walk down the street, a ride in the car, or just out in the yard to play, the heat can be hard on him. […]

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How to get your dog to stop barking

Pups communicate for many reasons, but sometimes you just need them to shush. Mary Jo DiLonardo Barking is a dog’s way of communicating everything from danger to boredom. It’s a lose-lose situation no matter which side of the fence you’re on. Whether it’s your dog that’s barking or your neighbor’s pooch that won’t stop flapping […]

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SEVEN WARNING SIGNS IN SENIOR PETS

Posted on March 4, 2019 under Pet Health & Safety It’s always important to bring your pets to the veterinarian annually to be examined, and even more important for senior pets. But when should you consider making that appointment a little earlier? Being able to recognize the clinical signs of common diseases seen in elderly […]

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Common Backyard Plants That Are Poisonous to Dogs

Many plants that are poisonous to dogs are very common in backyards. These toxic time-bombs range from being only mildly toxic (for example, causing vomiting) to being responsible for serious canine health problems. If you wish to err on the safe side, thoroughly research all the vegetation and berries that your dog has access to. […]

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6 WAYS TO HELP YOUR DOG AND LANDSCAPE PLAY NICELY TOGETHER

By Marianne Lipanovich, Houzz. Dogs and outdoor spaces go together naturally. But with their penchant for digging holes, carving runway paths worthy of an international airport and eating plants, some dogs can wreak havoc on landscape design. Knowing what some of the most common problems are and how to overcome them will help keep the […]

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7 Ways to Cope With the Loss of a Pet

Find a way that is meaningful to you to honor your pet, like placing pictures throughout your home or planting a memorial garden. Nothing can prepare you for losing a beloved family member. When that family member is your pet, though, there is a unique set of emotions you must deal with. We asked Laurel […]

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Extreme Fear and Anxiety in Dogs

Fears, Phobias, and Anxieties in Dogs Fear is the instinctual feeling of apprehension resulting from a situation, person, or object presenting an external threat — whether real or perceived. The response of the autonomic nervous system prepares the body for the freeze, fight, or flight syndrome. It is considered to be a normal behavior, essential […]

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Can dogs Have Spring Allergies?

For some of us, spring represents a time of rebirth: winter thaws, budding blossoms, cute ducklings and chicks. But for those of us with seasonal allergies, spring is less benevolent and more horror movie: runny noses, itchy throats, constant sneezes. If you think humans are alone in suffering when spring has sprung, think again! Dogs […]

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Why do Dogs Lick their Paws and What You Can do to Stop it

Written by John Walton Grooming is a natural part of a dog’s daily routine, from licking himself clean to shaking off the blades of grass after a good roll on the lawn. But it’s no longer grooming when the behavior becomes incessant. If you notice your dog constantly licking his paws, then there’s definitely a […]

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5 Amazing Things Dogs Can Sense Before They Happen

BY KRITESHANAND PUBLISHED ON 06/06/2015 It is a well-established fact that dogs are intelligent creatures. They are also more aware about their surroundings as compared to humans, and can easily pick up what is going through the minds of their owners. According to some people, dogs can even sense some paranormal activity and can predict […]

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How Senior Dog Owners can Avoid Injuries

New study reveals the risks, but these tips will keep you on track. Mary Jo DiLonardo March 8, 2019, 8:24 a.m. Having a dog can motivate seniors to go for a walk, which is smart for overall health — but there’s a risk of serious injury, too. Dogs are awesome. There’s so much scientific evidence […]

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